First place: AC Auto Body, 2819 S. Memorial Drive, Mount Pleasant
The second place: Lynch GM Superstore, 2300 Browns Lake Drive, Burlington
Third place: Pinkalla Auto Solutions, 3059, avenue Durand, Racine
Tony Coey knows some of his competitors might raise eyebrows as his company combines the specialties of auto body repair and car engine repair. But for AC Auto Body, the recipe works.
In fact, Coey wonders if he shouldn’t start advertising his business the way lawyers do on TV. He describes AC Auto Body as a “one stop shop” where customers can do everything from buying tires to overhauling the engine.
Improvements and upgrades continue across the business, with the installation of a new paint bellows over the past year.
A concept perhaps simple but still as important as it has allowed Coey’s business to thrive for 35 years, with jobs sometimes scheduled in a few weeks and AC Auto Body taking home honors in the Best of Racine competition since 2015.
“Treat customers the way you want, that’s the best way to do it,” Coey said. “My grandfather always taught me that. So I keep this in mind all the time.